Hi, I am the practitioner in a low risk food manufacturing plant (repacking an RTE vegetable). The owners have a new facility and are trying to build a lunchroom/ break room with waist high yellow barricades! I mentioned that this will not fly with SQF standards and they are considering a wall buildout but are asking me if it would need a ceiling. The building has really high ceilings and I am not sure on how to answer them.
Also, can the breakroom open directly into the plant? Is a vestibule or second door is needed for the breakroom? I know the bathroom code section mentions that they cannot open directly into the food handing areas but I do not see anything in the code about the breakroom cannot open into the food handing area.
If you have any suggestions, please help. Thank you
A. Tell the owners the yellow barricades are not going to work.
B. Yes, walls needed.
C. I have a number of SQF clients, but only one that (due to high ceiling) has no ceiling, this has been acceptable during the last 10 years of SQF inspections.
D. You'll need run a risk analysis on not having a celing and it would need to be quite strong - odors, pest control, adequate lighting, ventilation issues, etc.
E. Frankly, it would be better to put a drop ceiling in.
F. You need to clear not putting a ceiling in with your building code enforcement department (town, county, etc.) and Fire Marshall division.
G. It can not open directly into a food handling area
Like Charles said, low risk on an RTE veg product, not so sure about that.
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